Sunday, February 12, 2012

Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution - Adrian Desmond, James Moore

Happy Darwin Day!

"In this remarkable book, Adrian Desmond and James Moore restore the missing moral core of Darwin’s evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about human origins."
Scientific American

There has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of his parish, come to embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? It’s difficult to overstate just what Darwin was risking in publishing his theory of evolution. So it must have been something very powerful—a moral fire, as Desmond and Moore put it—that propelled him. And that moral fire, they argue, was a passionate hatred of slavery.

Leading apologists for slavery in Darwin’s time argued that blacks and whites had originated as separate species, with whites created superior. Darwin abhorred such "arrogance." He believed that, far from being separate species, the races belonged to the same human family. Slavery was therefore a "sin," and abolishing it became Darwin’s "sacred cause." His theory of evolution gave all the races—blacks and whites, animals and plants—an ancient common ancestor and freed them from creationist shackles. Evolution meant emancipation. Amazon

PS Illustrations included.

Related to: Darwin Day Selections

File size: 5.21 MB
Format: epub

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Anonymous said...

Thx, lots of nice postings lately. My fav is the Dan Barker. Donated a little something to keep up your good work

Babak said...

I'm Iranian.In Iran we can't buy atheistic book and ebook because of islamic regime. I need "The Impossibility of God" and " The Impossibility of God" by Michael Martin in pdf or epub.


Babak said...

"The Impossibility of God" and " The improbability of God" by Michael Martin

mirex said...

thank you

Leonardo C. said...

I'm looking exactly for those two books too @Babak..

Rebecca said...

"The Impossibility of God" and " The improbability of God" by Michael Martin

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